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Flexgrid optical networks are attracting huge interest due to their higher spectrum efficiency and flexibility in comparison with traditional wavelength switched optical networks based on the wavelength division multiplexing technology. To properly analyze, design, plan, and operate flexible and elastic networks, efficient methods are required for the(More)
—Elastic flexgrid optical networks (FG-ON) are considered a very promising solution for next-generation optical networks. In this article we focus on lightpath adaptation under variable traffic demands in FG-ON. Specifically, we explore the elastic spectrum allocation (SA) capability of FG-ON and, in this context, we study the effectiveness of three(More)
Future transport networks will have to cope with the continuous growth of IP traffic. Furthermore, transport networks need to evolve so as to drastically reduce both deployment costs and operating expenses. A reasonable strategy to achieve this goal consists of simplifying the network architecture by reducing the number of layers. Assuming a peer model IP(More)
An increasing number of studies about flexgrid-based elastic optical networks are currently being carried out by industry as well as academic research teams. As access to real test-beds is limited, there is a lack of effective tools that emulate realistic scenarios for testing algorithms and network architectures. In this paper, we present a simulation(More)
Network operators are facing hard competition for opportunities in the telecommunications market, forcing network investments to be carefully evaluated before the decision-making process. A great part of core network operators' revenues comes from the provisioned connectivity services. Taking this premise as our starting point, we first examine the(More)
—The new flexgrid technology, in opposition to the fixed grid one traditionally used in wavelength switched optical networks (WSON), allows allocating the spectral bandwidth needed to convey heterogeneous client demand bitrates in a flexible manner so that the optical spectrum can be managed much more efficiently. In this paper we propose a new recovery(More)
With the advent of flexgrid optical networks, the rigid wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) technology will be enhanced by providing better spectrum efficiency and flexibility. In those future flexible optical networks, optical connections (lightpaths) can allocate a flexible number of spectrum slices, also known as frequency slots, so to match better(More)
The recent advances in photonic technology will allow deploying flexgrid-based optical core networks in the near future. Although that technology favors more efficient spectrum utilization, multilayer IP/MPLS-over-flexgrid networks would still be needed to groom together client flows, coming from access and metro networks, into optical connections. In this(More)